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Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center's place for seniors to find help, food, fun

This area's elderly residents have a home away from home at the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center.

Those attending the center's activities, meals and events almost become like members of a family. According to Center Director Gloria Nelson, there are regulars, but the overall numbers have declined in recent years, a fact she attributes to people now working longer, along with almost 100 names filling the memorial boards.

"My dad always looked forward to coming," Nelson said Thursday, explaining the late Elmer Ecklund hesitated to miss a day there because it meant he didn't have to cook for himself.

The midday meal is the main attraction. Nelson said it's available at 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, brought in heated containers from Hinck's Economart in Ellsworth by van drivers from the Pierce County Office on Aging. The food is reheated in the center's kitchen, if necessary, and served by center staff, including Ann Kraemer and Adelaide Meyer, who are employed by government agencies, besides Nelson.

Additionally, the staff readies items for the area's Meals-on-Wheels program, also delivered by the Office on Aging, the nearly 22-year veteran director said. Presently, there are three different routes serving 18-to-20 people, a dozen or so of who live in town and the rest in the rural part of the county.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Feb. 17.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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